Baseball

May 27, 2020

Baseball Struggles to Reach a Deal to Return: If we can't enjoy the great game, we can at least enjoy another tradition -- strife between players and owners. Major League Baseball's plan to pay players a lot less for a shorter season isn't going over well. It proposes a scale that would cut salary 80% from the highest-paid players and 17.5% from the lowest. Players believe the owners promised in March to pay salaries in full prorated by games played. "Interesting strategy of making the best most marketable players potentially look like the bad guys," responded Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brett Anderson.

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May 17, 2020

Excuse Me, Aren't You Johnny Bench?: A Blue-Emu commercial starring the Hall of Fame Cincinnati Reds catcher.

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May 12, 2020

An 82-game season? A universal DH? Key takeaways from MLB's 2020 proposal: MLB owners approved a proposal that aims to have Major League Baseball back in early July. Commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly plans to present the proposal to players Tuesday.

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April 16, 2020

Roy Halladay performed stunts and was on drugs before fatal plane crash: Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgement as he performed high-pitch climbs and steep turns, sometimes within five feet of the water, the report says.

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April 12, 2020

Opening Day Baseball in Taiwan: The first pitch of professional baseball in 2020 was thrown in Taiwan Sunday. In the Chinese Professional Baseball League, the Rakuten Monkeys face Chinatrust Brothers. The game can be watched on the Twitter account of Eleven Sports.

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April 06, 2020

Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85: Even though I grew up many hours north of Detroit, our town's Little League teams would make an annual pilgrimage down south to see a Tigers game. I remember one of my brothers catching an Al Kaline foul ball. He eventually got it autographed when some of the Tigers players/ex-players made it up our way for an autographing session one winter.

Rest In Power, Mr. Tiger.

posted by NoMich to baseball at 05:19 PM - 5 comments

April 03, 2020

Everything to know about the Korea Baseball Organization, which hopes to start season by early May: If there is good news for seamheads, it's that another league will attempt to resume play over the coming weeks. The Korea Baseball Organization, described in the past as delivering the "wildest, most outlandish" version of the sport, is hoping to kick off its season in late April or early May.

Oh please, oh please, some sporting network here in the USA pick this up. I need my baseball, any baseball!

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March 01, 2020

February 11, 2020

MLB Ponders Radical Playoff Changes: Major League Baseball is considering a playoff overhaul that would expand the field from five to seven teams in each league, give the top team a bye, give teams 2 through 4 the chance to pick their opponents and make that first round a three-game series played entirely at the top seed.

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February 07, 2020

Blockbuster Trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox (and the Twins): Dodgers Acquire Mookie Betts, David Price in Deal With Red Sox. It's the trade of the century! Or, maybe not?

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January 14, 2020

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing: Astros owner Jim Crane fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday shortly after Major League Baseball announced the pair would be suspended for a year as part of the penalties for the investigation into alleged electronic-sign stealing.

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November 16, 2019

Astros Exec Wrote Email Seeking to Steal Signs: As evidence mounts of the team's persistent scheme to steal signs, Houston Astros executives actually put their efforts in writing, according to their emails obtained by The Atlantic. "One thing in specific we are looking for is picking up signs coming out of the dugout," a 2017 email states. "What we are looking for is how much we can see, how we would log things, if we need cameras/binoculars, etc. So go to game, see what you can (or can't) do and report back your findings." Jomboy offers his take.

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November 12, 2019

Houston Astros accused of electronically stealing signs in 2017:
Early in the 2017 season, at least two uniformed Astros got together to start the process. One was a hitter who was struggling at the plate and had benefited from sign stealing with a previous team, according to club sources; another was a coach who wanted to help. They were said to strongly believe that some opposing teams were already up to no good. They wanted to devise their own system in Houston. And they did.

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October 31, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!:
At 19-31 in late May, with a less than 1% chance of even making the playoffs, the Nationals have come roaring back to win the franchise's first ever World Series championship, and the first one for D.C. baseball team in over 90 years.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:41 AM - 15 comments

October 30, 2019

Piffle, or not piffle?: Perhaps through the use of the Sports Machine, George F. Will references English common law, epidemiology, and the plays of Alan Bennett while sadly entreating the kids to put their bats down and get off his lawn. At least they weren't wearing denim.

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 05:51 PM - 5 comments

October 22, 2019

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters: The start of the World Series is clouded by the way a Houston Astros assistant GM behaved in the clubhouse after the team beat the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Brandon Taubman shouted at three female reporters, "Thank God we got Osuna! I'm so f------ glad we got Osuna!" The Astros acquired closer Roberto Osuna at a bargain price from the Toronto Blue Jays while he was serving a 75-game suspension for alleged domestic violence. The flak Houston took for picking him up didn't sit well with Taubman, apparently. The Astros' denial that he taunted the women was refuted by two other reporters who witnessed the bizarre incident.

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October 12, 2019

A very analog hobby finds a way to thrive in the digital age: How Baseball Cards Got Weird : The Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani appeared on at least 2,700 distinct rookie cards manufactured by just two companies, Topps and Panini. That might not sound much like scarcity, but nearly all of the variants were produced in limited runs—the more limited, the more valuable the card. The rarest, most coveted Ohtani sold for $184,056 last September, before his rookie season was over.

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September 22, 2019

Nice Throw, Austin Dean: Miami Marlins outfielder Austin Dean decapitated a beer can pyramid, a feat that sounds like it impressed a handful of fans.

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August 30, 2019

Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs' death ruled accidental overdose. : The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office stated that Skaggs died of terminal aspiration as a result of use of Fentanyl, Oxycodone, and alcohol. Skaggs' family stated that they "were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels".

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August 18, 2019

How Much Does Jack White Love Baseball?: Answer: Enough to see the first three innings of Nats/Brewers, play a concert with The Raconteurs, find out the game's still going on afterwards and be back in the seats by the 14th inning.

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July 31, 2019

Reds' Amir Garrett Fights Entire Pirates Team: There was an actual brawl during the Reds/Pirates game Tuesday night. After a season of bad blood between the teams, 6-foot-6 Reds pitcher Amir Garrett charged single-handedly into the entire Pirates team and began throwing haymakers; Reds manager David Bell came back from being ejected to participate, which doesn't happen often; and Yasiel Puig fought as news was breaking of his trade to the Cleveland Indians.

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July 30, 2019

Robot umps now!: MLB to adopt in five years or less? (original WSJ paywalled article)

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July 18, 2019

Aaron Boone Expresses Concern for Umpire's Day: "I feel bad for ya," manager Aaron Boone told home plate umpire Brennan Miller after being ejected from today's Yankees/Rays game in the second inning. Along with a lot of other things.

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July 13, 2019

Angels Throw No-Hitter on Night to Honor Skaggs: Dressed in 45 jerseys to honor pitcher Tyler Skaggs after his death 11 days earlier, the Los Angeles Angels threw a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners Friday night. Taylor Cole and Felix Pena were the pitchers. It was the first combined no-hitter in the state of California since July 13, 1991, the day Skaggs was born.

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July 11, 2019

Marisnick Suspended 2 Games for Nose-Breaking Collision: MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre has suspended Houston Astros linebacker Jake Marisnick two games for blowing up Los Angeles Angels defenseless receiver Jonathan Lucroy. Torre said, "While I do not believe that Jake intended to injure Jonathan, the contact he initiated in his attempt to score violated Official Baseball Rule 6.01(i), which is designed to protect catchers from precisely this type of collision." Marisnick tweeted that he "felt awful" and mistakenly thought the tag-out play was moving to outside the plate when he committed to sliding in. St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was dropping expletives on Instagram about Marisnick after the play, sparking debate among players on social media about whether it was an accident.

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July 07, 2019

Jake Marisnick Clobbers Jonathan Lucroy at Home: A home plate collision between Jake Marisnick of the Los Angeles Angels and Jonathan Lucroy of the Houston Astros Sunday left Lucroy with a broken nose and possible concussion and Lucroy calling the devastating hit unintentional. Lucroy was originally awarded the run but was called out, leaving the game tied 10-10 in the eighth inning.

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June 20, 2019

The Tampa Bay Expos? The Montreal Rays?: Tampa Bay Rays receive permission from MLB to explore playing games in Montreal as two-city team

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May 30, 2019

Pirates broadcaster complains about Reds player and goes too far.:
“I heard of him because of his grandfather (Steve Demeter) who used to be a minor league coach for the Pirates. He was the nicest, sweetest guy in the world. He’s rolling in his grave every time this guy hits a home run. He’s embarrassed of his grandson.”

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May 29, 2019

Passan: How a 19-year-old prospect is turning the MLB draft upside down: 19 year old prospect, Carter Stewart, has opted to begin his professional baseball career in Japan instead of making the long, hard slog through MLB's minor league system. Why? Seven million reasons why. It would be interesting if the professional Japanese baseball league were to loosen their rules on foreign players especially if the teams are willing to put up millions of dollars to top prospects around the world.

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May 28, 2019

Bill Buckner, All-Star slugger best known for his '86 World Series error, is dead at 69: Bill Buckner, an elite hitter for 22 seasons whose All-Star career was overshadowed by an infamous fielding error he made in the 1986 World Series, has died, according to Major League Baseball. He was 69.

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May 21, 2019

Mike Trout's No. 1 Fan: When Gavin Edelson walks into Ms. Beever's first-grade classroom every morning, it's a safe bet he will be dressed in one of his Troutfits. ... "I know everything," Gavin said. "Every night before bed, I read a Mike Trout book. And right now, I'm wearing a Trout shirt. My red one. Whenever I go to a fancy dinner, they make me wear a collared shirt. I just want to wear a Mike Trout shirt."

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March 29, 2019

Farewell to 20th Century Baseball: Opening Day was the first without a player from the 20th century on an MLB roster since the 1920s, following the departures of Adrian Beltre and Bartolo Colon.

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March 27, 2019

Diamondbacks Outfielder Explodes Knee in Exhibition Game: Steven Souza Jr. was going to be the starting right fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Opening Day Thursday. As he touched home to score a run Monday in a spring training game, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and posterolateral corner (PLC). He'll miss the entire season.

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February 19, 2019

Manny Machado to Padres in surprise end to endless saga: According to MLB.com, San Diego will give Machado the biggest free-agent contract in history — if not the biggest deal ever, which belongs to Giancarlo Stanton — meeting his reported 10-year, $300 million ask.

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February 07, 2019

Frank Robinson, former SF Giants manager and baseball trailblazer, dies: Frank Robinson, who grew up in Oakland, enjoyed a Hall of Fame career playing baseball and became the game’s first African American manager, died Thursday, according to the New York Daily News. He was 83.

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December 19, 2018

MLB and MLBPA announce a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation that allows Cuban baseball players a safe and legal way to sign with a MLB club.: The objective of the agreement, which is the product of years of negotiations with the FCB, is to end the dangerous trafficking of Cuban players who desire to play professional baseball in the United States, a practice that has been documented in legal proceedings and media reports, and which has caused significant hardship to Cuban players and their families.

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December 11, 2018

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time': "I had an argument with a coach in Triple-A about Babe Ruth's effectiveness in today's game. I said, 'Babe Ruth, with that swing, swinging that bat, I got him hitting .140 with eight homers.' "He was like, 'Are you nuts? Babe Ruth would hit .370 with 60 homers,' and I'm like, 'I would strike Babe Ruth out every time.'" -- Colorado Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino

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November 15, 2018

Mets' Jacob deGrom rides majors-best 1.70 ERA to NL Cy Young Award: New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom won his first Cy Young Award on Wednesday, taking home the National League edition after leading the majors in ERA. Meanwhile

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November 09, 2018

Joe Mauer retires from baseball.: Joe Mauer, the 2009 American League MVP who has spent all 15 seasons of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins, announced his retirement Friday.

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October 28, 2018

1903 1912 1915 1916 1918 2004 2007 2013 2018: The wait is finally over -- after 5 years, the Boston Red Sox have won another World Series.

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